Year 10 Cricket

The Year 10 2014 Cricket season was an extremely pleasing and encouraging one for the boys. The team went through the season undefeated with 5 wins from 5 games against strong opposition including Mazenod, De La Salle, St Bedes, Emmanuel and CBC St. Kilda. The brilliant form of the team and their successful results placed them in second position come seasons end only behind by percentage to Whitefriars College. This meant they would face Parade College in a home semi-final.

The home team Salesian won the toss and elected to bat on a beautiful day for cricket. The boys put together a strong performance and set a defendable target of 129. With Parade having to go at 4.3 runs per over it was going to take a strong batting performance to win. The Salesian bowling attack started well and we had them in a very good position with Parade needing 7 runs per over with 8 overs remaining in the game. The Parade batting line up started to really hit their straps and with some brilliant shots brought the game down to the wire. With 1 over remaining, Parade would need 9 runs to win and 8 runs to draw, with Sacheen Paramesh bowling for Salesian. Sacheen bowled brilliantly well with his first five balls and even picked up a wicket forcing them to need a 6 off the last ball to win the game. Sacheen came steaming in for Salesian and bowled a good ball pitching on middle stump and with good pace, but with a superb piece of batting, in a Hollywood esc type scenario, the Parade batsman lofted the ball over Patrick Scott at long on and over the rope for 6. Unfortunately, in heartbreaking fashion, the Salesian boys were knocked out in the semi-final but not without an almighty fight. The team did the school proud not only in the semi-final but throughout the season and the boys should all hold their heads extremely high.

Some individual highlights from throughout the season included Jacob Latu’s brilliant 4 wicket performance against Mazenod as well as some huge power hitting in just about every game, rescuing our run rate on many an occasion. Other highlights included some great batting performances from James Morrey, Sacheen Paramesh and Nathan Antonucci who all notched up 50’s throughout the season. Although these individual performances were good, it is a team game and to play as a team was one of our strengths this season, with no one player being relied upon each week and an equal contribution across the board being a highlight. So a huge congratulations to the whole squad for all their efforts this campaign.

Nathan Antonucci, 10M

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